Seminar with Kyla Wazana Tompkins and Elizabeth Hoover, "The Whiteness of Food Movements"

Dyer House Conference Room, 150 Power Street

Please join us on Friday, April 15 for a research seminar and dialogue with Professor Kyla Wazana Tompkins and Professor Elizabeth Hoover titled “The Whiteness of Food Movements”.

This seminar will explore how food, and the production of food, have been part of the settler colonial and race construction process in the United States. How have particular foods, like wheat, been used in the construction of whiteness and the enforcement of sexual purity, as well as to denote civilization? How has the local food movement excluded the involvement of people of color, as well as consideration of how bodies of color have contributed to food production? 

RSVP to [email protected] to receive the pre-circulated reading assignment.

Kyla Wazana Tompkins is Associate Professor of English, and Gender and Women's Studies, and Coordinator of Gender and Women's Studies at Pomona College. As a scholar of 19th-century U.S. literature with a continuing interest in the relationship between food and culture, she writes about the connections between literature and a wide range of topics: food, eating, sexuality, race, culture, film and dance.

Elizabeth Hoover is Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies at Brown University, and teaches courses on environmental health and justice in Native communities, indigenous food movements, Native American museum curation, and community engaged research.

A CSREA Faculty Grant Event: Ralph Rodriguez, Associate Professor of American Studies, Associate Professor of English 

Cosponsored by the Department of American Studies, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and the Department of Anthropology.